NFL betting on the game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Chicago Bears takes place on Thursday with the Bears a 3 point football betting favorite with a total of 33.
NFL odds week 1 action has all 16 home teams favored in NFL betting including the Bears.
NFL betting history tells us that the last time the Chiefs and Bears met in the preseason was back in 2001 as the Chiefs won 10-9 at home. Football betting statistics show that the last five meetings between the two teams have been decided by five points or less. Both teams are looking to bounce back from poor NFL betting seasons in 2007.
Last year the Chiefs were 4-12 while the Bears slipped to 7-9. The Chiefs could look different this season on offense with new offensive coordinator Chan Gailey. That new offensive scheme could impact NFL betting lines this season. Running back Larry Johnson returns for the Chiefs after missing the last half of the 2007 season. He probably won’t get much playing time on Thursday though. NFL betting experts see that the quarterback question in Kansas City is still fuzzy since Brodie Croyle hasn’t done anything to show he can lead the team. Backups Damon Huard and Tyler Thigpen also haven’t shown much. The Chiefs will not have top draft picks Glenn Dorsey or Branden Albert in the lineup on Thursday according to football betting information.
NFL betting experts see a battle in Chicago at quarterback between Rex Grossman and Kyle Orton. The battle at running back also is worth watching according to NFL betting information. The team released last year’s starter Cedric Benson so they will look to second round draft pick Matt Forte and newly acquired Kevin Jones who they got from Detroit. Jones will not play on Thursday according to NFL betting injury information so look for Forte to get a lot of playing time in addition to Adrian Peterson and Garrett Wolfe.
NFL odds week 1 have the Bears favored but the Chiefs have the edge in NFL betting in the preseason against the Bears. They are 6-2 in NFL betting preseason action against Chicago. At Chicago the Chiefs are 3-1 in football betting with the last meeting occurring in 1996. That game in 1996 was actually stopped in the third quarter because of lightning. The teams also met in South Bend, Indiana in 1977 and the Chiefs were the NFL betting winner.